Former UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez and rising MMA star Justin Gaethje just finished coaching the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s new wave of female flyweight fighters on The Ultimate Fighter 26. With a full season of trash-talking and competition now behind them, the two fighters were offered a chance to settle the score at Saturday’s UFC 218.
The world’s most famous mixed martial arts promotion was in Detroit, Michigan on Saturday, Dec. 2, for the highly anticipated event. There inside the Little Caesars Arena, UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway headlined the night’s card in a title fight rematch against former title holder Jose Aldo.
Holloway shocked the Detroit crowd with a dominant performance over Aldo, earning the fighter his second consecutive third round TKO over “Scarface.” That being said, the night’s main event was not the only fight to get the Detroit crowd on their feet.
Also on the night’s pay-per-view main card, Eddie Alvarez and Justin Gaethje entered an all out war for the Detroit crowd. Gaethje started off strong, but ultimately faltered to the former champion’s striking. Alvarez earned a knockout victory in the third round of their octagon war with a vicious knee. That being said, the former champion has now gone to social media to declare them both as winners.
Taking to Twitter, Alvarez stated “Your the toughest son of b*tch I ever fought @Justin_Gaethje , takes two to tango brother .. We Won !!!”
Your the toughest son of bitch I ever fought @Justin_Gaethje , takes two to tango brother .. We Won !!!
— Eddie Alvarez (@Ealvarezfight) December 3, 2017
Justin Gaethje only had a single fight under the UFC banner prior to UFC 218. At The Ultimate Fighter 25 finale event, the fighter earned a stunning TKO victory over Michael Johnson that won over hoards of fans for the fighter. While Gaethje only had a single UFC victory under his belt, the fighter was undefeated in his mixed martial arts career and on an 18 fight winning streak.
Eddie Alvarez, on the other hand, is now 29-5 in his career as a veteran of the sport. The fighter’s most recent loss was a title ending defeat to Conor McGregor back in 2016 at UFC 205.